Poglines face more charges

Woman alleges brothers drugged her


Prosecutors have charged two Craig brothers with new felonies, adding to a long list of charges against the pair.

James Pogline, 32, and Steven Pogline, 30, were formally charged Friday with three new crimes, including second-degree assault, third-degree assault and menacing.

Twelve felony cases are pending against the brothers, who are being held in the Moffat County Jail on bonds totaling close to $2 million.

The new case arose after an incident April 9 in which police were dispatched to Columbine Apartments in connection with an attack on a woman. The woman told police she had been forcibly drugged.

The victim alleged to police that Steven Pogline held her down while James Pogline used a loaded syringe to inject her arm with a narcotic.

The victim said she lost consciousness and awoke inside her car on the bypass, a part of Moffat County Road 7. The woman collected herself and managed to drive home, she told police.

According to the police report, the woman could barely keep her eyes open during her conversation with investigators. Police said her state was one of "obvious intoxication," although no evidence of alcohol was detected on her person or her breath.

When asked to count to 10, the woman only made it to four before she lost consciousness.

Officers observed a needle mark in the woman's right arm.

The woman told police the argument began after James Pogline said "he was going to put her Mexican friend out of business," according to a police report.

The woman said she understood James Pogline's statements to refer to the drug business, according to an arrest affidavit.

A confidential informant told police "the Poglines have threatened other people with similar treatment and that nearly everyone who has drug dealings with them is afraid of them."

According to an affidavit, the source told police "the Poglines intend to enforce their drug territory not by hurting the individuals that owe them, but by hurting the people they care about."

An officer who responded to Columbine Apartments wrote in his report: "All of the individuals I spoke with stated they would not speak to us if we were going to identify them or use their names in connection with the case in any way, based upon their belief that the Pogline brothers will find out who talked and take revenge."

Craig Police Lt. John Forgay said the case is still under investigation.

"If it is in fact true, that behavior is clearly over the line and is certainly a dangerous situation that is concerning us," Forgay said.

Forgay said the case is still in its early stages.

"These are just accusations and charges that are yet to be proved."

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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